6 cops to arrest drunk & violent football star; Premiership ace pled guilty after trying to head-butt constable.
Byline: DAVID LOVE
SIX police officers were needed to arrest a drunk Scottish Premiership footballer when he turned violent after being thrown out of an Inverness nightspot.
Ross County star Iain Vigurs had punched a member of Johnny Foxes staff before attempting to head-butt a female police officer as he was being handcuffed in the early hours of February 3 this year.
Inverness Sheriff Court was told that half a dozen officers had to be deployed to the bar, with Vigurs being shackled as he resisted arrest. Vigurs didn't appear before Sheriff David Sutherland and instead pled guilty by letter to three charges.
He was fined PS1000 and ordered to pay it at PS100 a week.
The 31-year-old midfielder admitted assaulting door steward Dave Young by punching him on the head and resisting and obstructing PC James Iredale and PC Karen Macdonald in the execution of their duty by tensing his arms and struggling with them.
He also pled guilty to assaulting PC Macdonald by attempting to head-butt her.
Fiscal depute Roderick Urquhart told the court that it was about 12.30am when Vigurs was refused service because he had had too much to drink. He was then ejected from the premises.
Urquhart said: "He became argumentative and aggressive towards a member of bar staff and when another came to assist, he punched him on the face.
"Police were called and arrived within five minutes and Vigurs, by that time, was being restrained to the ground by bar staff.
"He was arrested but kept tensing his body and behaving aggressively.
"It took six constables to ensure he was properly arrested and he attempted to head-butt one constable while handcuffed to the ground and attempting to get up.
"Shackles had to be applied. He was kept in custody until he sobered up."
As Vigurs had pled by letter, nothing was said in open court in his defence.
FINE Ross County's Iain Vigurs
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Aug 16, 2019|
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